Andrew C. Herman

Andrew C. Herman


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I work at the intersection of the science of science, political sociology, and economic sociology, specifically on the interface between science/engineering and government. My research follows two large, overarching themes: the issue of “big” public science—large socio-technical systems that are geared toward public benefit (like weather forecasting, satellite navigation systems, and even education systems)—and the distinctive role that lay scientists like engineers and data scientists play.


  • MA Sociology (2015), Supervised by Stefan Bargheer
    University of California — Los Angeles
  • MA Social Sciences (2012), Supervised by Donald Levine
    University of Chicago
  • BA Major Sociology, Major Philosophy (2011)
    University of British Columbia

Fields of Study

Science of Science, Economic Sociology, Political Sociology, Information (and Data) and Society, Technology, Institutions


  • Gomez, C., A.C. Herman, & P. Parigi. (2020). Moving More, but Closer: Mapping the Growing Regionalization of Global Scientific Mobility Using ORCID. Journal of Informetrics, 14(3).
  • Herman, A.C. (2020). Fascists at the Fair: Political Resistance at the 1933-1934 Chicago World’s Fair. Journal of Historical Sociology, 33(2): 198-215.
  • VanWynsberghe, R., and Herman, A.C. (2016). Adaptive Education: An inquiry-based institution. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • VanWynsberghe, R., and Herman, A.C. (2015). Education for social change and pragmatist theory: Five features of educative environments designed for social change. International Journal of Lifelong Learning, 34(3): 268-283.

Conference Presentations

  • Herman, A. (December 4th, 2014). “Challenges to Nazi Symbolic Power in the American Midwest, 1932-1935.” Theory and Research in Comparative Social Analysis (Department of Sociology, UCLA), Los Angeles, USA.
  • VanWynsberghe, R., and Herman, A.C. (November 26th, 2010). Features of a Sustainability Classroom: A Sociological Perspective. Public Culture Lecture Series (Department of Educational Studies, University of British Columbia), Vancouver, Canada.



  • Rebecca Emigh (UCLA)

Committee (alphabetically):

  • Stefan Bargheer (UCLA)
  • Emmanuel Didier (Centre Maurice Halbwachs, CNRS)
  • Rebecca Emigh (UCLA)
  • Jacob Foster (UCLA)
  • Ka-Yuet Liu (UCLA)


  • Charles Gomez, CUNY
  • Paolo Parigi, Airbnb & Stanford
  • Robert VanWynsberghe, UBC